Kelsey Parker says late The Wanted star husband Tom will be waiting in heaven for Dame Deborah James
Tom Parker’s wife Kelsey has paid tribute to Dame Deborah James after the campaigner lost her battle with bower cancer.
Dame Deborah, known worldwide as BowelBabe thanks to the nickname she gave herself during her cancer research fundraiser, was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer days before Christmas in 2016 — defying the doctor’s warnings that she only had an eight percent chance of developing it after 2021. to live.
It was announced on Tuesday that Dame Deborah had passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family at age 40, and Kelsey took to Instagram this week to pay tribute, writing that the late The Wanted singer Tom would be “waiting with a glass of something.” in heaven.
Heartwarming: Tom Parker’s wife Kelsey has paid tribute to Dame Deborah James after campaigner lost her battle with bower cancer
Kelsey shared a photo of Dame Deborah on her Instagram Stories, writing: ‘My Tom is waiting with a glass of something special for you Deborah.
‘What an incredible lady… find a life worth enjoying; Take risks; deeply grounded love; have no regrets and always, always have rebellious hopes. RIP Lady Deborah James.”
When she announced the sad news that Dame Deborah passed away this week, her family wrote on social media: ‘We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of Dame Deborah James; the most wonderful wife, daughter, sister, mom.
Deborah passed away peacefully today surrounded by her family
A place in heaven: Kelsey took to Instagram this week to pay tribute, writing that the late The Wanted singer Tom would “wait with a glass of something” in heaven
Mother of Hugo, 14, and Eloise, 12, with husband Seb, 13, Dame Deborah was hailed as an ‘inspiration’ by her legions of fans after she candidly shared her battle with cancer on social media and as a presenter on Radio 5 Live’s You, Me and the Big C.
On May 9, she shared a farewell message saying she was being transferred to a hospice home care facility to be surrounded by family because “my body just isn’t playing ball.”
The avid runner — who raised a fortune for cancer research running marathons and charity races — insisted she had “left no stone unturned” in her pursuit of a “magical drug miracle.”
Illness: Dame Deborah (pictured with her children) was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer days before Christmas in 2016, defying doctor’s warnings that she only had an eight percent chance of living after 2021
Her Darmbabe Cancer Research Fund was flooded with more than £6.5 million in donations and she was made famous by the Duke of Cambridge in her childhood home, with father of three Prince William, 40, praising her for her and beyond. ‘ to leave ‘a very special memory’ as her legacy.
Kelsey’s late husband Tom died in March at age 33 after battling a brain tumor and Kelsey Parker is planning a lasting tribute to her late husband so that she, his mother Noreen and their children Aurelia, who turns four this week, and Bodhi, 20 months, always keep him close to their heart.
Tom died just a week after appearing onstage with his bandmates on their reunion tour and Kelsey admitted she was “shocked” that he died so soon, although she thinks the Glad You Came” singer would have been happy to have her. it didn’t have to see he suffers for too long.
RIP: The Wanted star, who tragically lost his battle with brain cancer in March at age 33, left behind daughter Aurelia, two, and 20-month-old Bodhi (pictured in 2021)
She told earlier OKAY! magazine: ‘It went very quickly. This is not the way I thought things would happen. He literally came off that tour and went downhill. I was so shocked – I was beside myself because it happened within a week.
‘But I think that’s typical Tom style. He didn’t want to put me through misery, it was like he was like, “Okay, let’s do this real quick too. I’ve ticked the tour and I’m going now.”
‘I say he lived fast, even his death was fast. Those first few weeks after his death I was just in shock.’
And Kelsey thinks Tom – who received his diagnosis in October 2020 – was “hugely shocked” at his rapid decline.
Meanwhile, Kelsey plans to have Tom’s ashes turned into jewelry for herself and her children.
She said, “It will be something very special for the kids to have and it will be given to them at some point, but I don’t know when.”
‘It’s going to be something really special’: Tom Parker’s widow, Kelsey, has revealed she will have her late husband’s ashes turned into jewelry for their children